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  • March 30, 2023 12:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join ICC on April 4 at 2 pm ET for an exclusive webinar that will help prepare you for a successful celebration in your community. 


    Our expert panel will host a discussion covering:  

    • Building Safety Month website and where to find member resources.  
    • Tips for hosting community events, creating social media campaigns, signing proclamations and more. 
    • Q&A session to address your questions. 

    Important details:

    Please note this webinar does not count towards Code Council Continuing Education Units (CEUs).


    Register Now

    We look forward to meeting with you and making sure that you have what you need to celebrate! 

  • January 30, 2023 6:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Permit Technician: Where it All Begins is an article by Steve Burger, CBO, LEED AP from the March 2008 Building Safety Journal. The article highlights the history of Permit Techs and how the job has evolved in the last 30-40 years. Follow the link below to red the article.


  • November 15, 2022 12:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    PermitTechNation is sharing the following virtual training offer from IDPT. If you have any questions, please contact Bobbi Kaufman at 208-827-4299 or email her at

    IDPT 2022 Virtual Winter Training
    Single Family Homes, from Application to Occupancy
    Instructor: Glenn Mathewson, Building Code College, 2021 ICC Educator of the Year
    Date: Thursday, December 1, 2022
    Time: 7:30 am PST/8:30 am MST – 3:30 pm PST/4:30pm MST for 0.6 CEU’s
    Cost: $30.00 per person (a savings of $60.00 per person)

    Course Description:

    Construction of single-family, detached homes is quite a process. From planning to application to execution to inspection, there are many steps along the way. Like a dance, a beautiful performance comes from smooth steps timed by everyone in the group. Mutual understanding and respect for each professional involved and a good grasp of the choreography helps ensure no one trips up. Learn the steps of building a new home in this unique class. No formal wear required!

    - Be immersed in a photographic journey through many aspects of house construction.

    - Better understand the inspections required for new home construction.

    - Realize the complexity of coordinating over 100 individual tradespeople involved in house construction.

    CLICK HERE for full course description and registration form.

  • October 26, 2022 9:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    WYAPT 2022 Virtual Winter Training

    Deck Design and Review Course for the Permit Technician

    Instructor: Glenn Mathewson, Building Code College, 2021 ICC Educator of the Year

    Tuesday, December 6th 8:30am – 4:30pm for 0.6 CEUs

    Course Description: New prescriptive deck design codes have been developed and fine-tuned since the 2015 IRC edition, with more developments on the horizon. Learn all the details and design flexibility in the 2021 IRC for deck construction from someone that was part of their development. This course will take you through a sample deck plan review that will capture a broad extent of what Section R507 in the 2021 IRC can offer your community.

    CLICK HERE for full course description and registration form.

  • June 13, 2022 5:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    PermitTechNation member, Kecia Lara is featured in the ICC Building Safety Journal. Kecia is a Code Supervisor with the City of Austin, TX. Read her story here.

    Congratulations Kecia on your well deserved recognition! 

  • June 10, 2022 6:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Do you have an eye for design? Are you creative? We need your help to design this year's ICC Annual Conference Shirts and Trading Pins.

    We have a few themes ideas for the Annual Conference that will be held in Louisville, KY in September. We are looking for designs based on the suggested themes or if you have have better theme, show us! Every year we design a T-shirt and trading pin based on the location of the ICC Annual Conference. See examples below from previous conferences.

    Proposed Themes:

    -Kentucky Derby related - Permit Techs get you across the finish line!

    -Kentucky Bourbon related - A toast to Permit Techs!

    -Louisville Slugger related - PTN goes to bat for your permit techs!

    T-Shirts should be no more than 3-4 colors including the shirt color. Preferably the design should work on multiple shirt colors.

    Pins can be multiple colors.

    Please include Louisville, KY and 2022 in the design.

    Deadline for design submittal is July 8, 2022. Please submit all design ideas to with a subject line of 2022 ABM Design. Please be sure to include your contact information.

    The ICC ABM Planning Committee will review the designs and the winner of each design chosen (T-Shirt & Pin) will receive a free education class of the winners choice that is offered by PermitTechNation. Winners will be notified via email in July.

    Thank you,

    PTN ICC ABM Planning Committee

  • March 30, 2022 11:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Watch your emails for registration information!

    The Complete Permit Technician

    Presented by: Steve Burger, CBO, LEED AP

    Code Specialist Exam Prep

    Presented by: Frank Morris, Study the Code

    Wednesdays - 10:30am - 12:30pm CT

    May 18, 2022 - June 15, 2022

    10:30am -2:30pm CT

    October 12 -14, 2022

  • February 19, 2022 10:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Glen Miller and Dan Carlson of Chemeketa Community College held a brief presentation during the PTN Meeting on February 16, 2022 to introduce our members to the Building Inspection Technology Program. This program offers either a 1-Year Building Inspector Certificate or Associates of Applied Science degree in Building Inspector Technology.

    The Chemeketa Chapter of the ICC (Student Chapter) is seeking donations to establish a scholarship for this program. Their goal is $10,000. During the meeting they shared that they were at $2,500. PTN made a motion to donate $1,000 to the scholarship fund.

    PTN would like to challenge all ICC Chapters to donate towards the scholarship fund. No amount is too small. 

    How to Donate:

    1. Go to

    2. Enter donation amount $.

    3. Fund designation select "OTHER" type in " BUILDING INSPECTION TECHNOLOGY SCHOLARSHIP"

    4. Click "Add Donation" and enter contact information.

    5. Click "Donate Now" and enter payment information.

    Deductible donation tax ID# 93-6097106

  • February 19, 2022 9:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Earn a Building Inspector certificate (one-year)*

    The Building Inspector certificate provides students with knowledge and skills in commercial and residential building codes that are necessary for entry level inspector positions. Application of code knowledge in the inspection process is stressed throughout the four terms of the certificate program. The certificate is designed for students with extensive and diverse construction background or for those currently working in the building inspection industry that want to move into an entry level inspector position.

    Earn your AAS degree and begin your career as a building code professional

    Through classwork, hands-on instruction and internships, Chemeketa’s Building Inspection program gives you the education and skills needed to launch your career as a construction plans examiner and building inspector.

    You will earn your Building Inspection Technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in 21 months while you prepare to take International Code Council (ICC) certification exams. With your degree and certifications, you may be eligible to work anywhere in the world ICC certifications are accepted.

    Career opportunities

    From reviewing construction blueprints to performing on site inspections, code professionals work in a variety of positions that ensure residential and commercial construction meets building codes and ordinances. You could work in an exciting career as a—

    • Building official—Associates or bachelor’s degree preferred

    Oversees the building inspection department of a city or county. Manages budgets, operations and personnel and act as the chief code compliance officer for their area.

    • Building inspector—Associates degree

    Makes professional judgements about whether a building meets building code requirements.

    • Plans examiners—Associates degree

    Verifies that blueprints and construction documents meet code requirements prior to construction of the building.

    • Specialty inspector—Associates degree

    A building inspector that specializes in a specific field of construction such as electrical, concrete or other specialty area.

    • Permit technicians—High school diploma or GED

    Reviews and processes construction project permits including processing permit fees, providing department information to the public and reviewing permit applications.

    Potential salary

    Your salary will depend on your location and certification level. In Oregon you can expect to make—

    • $22–29 per hour (entry level)
    • $36 per hour, $74,565 annually (average)
    • $42–49 per hour, up to $87,000–$103,000 annually (experienced and multi-certified) 
    • Building officials and managers can earn much more

    Source: 2021 Oregon Employment Department Occupation and Wage Information—

    Program Tuition and Fees for AAS Degree

    Classes are primarily held remotely through the Chemeketa Polk Center in Dallas, OR. Approximate two-year AAS program cost–

    Tuition and fees (100 credits) $13,200

    Class fees $2,040

    Books $2,700

    Equipment and supplies $375

    Total $18,315


    1. Apply to Chemeketa online at

    2. Complete the online orientation video in your My Chemeketa account

    3. Complete placement assessment; visit for additional information

    4. Apply for financial aid; learn how at (Although applying for financial aid is not required, we encourage you to do so. The process can take up to 16 weeks so apply as soon as possible.)

    5. Submit your completed program application; visit buildinginspection. Application opens Feb. 1 for fall term start

    6. If accepted (notified in late June), attend the Building Inspection advising/orientation the summer before classes start

    7. Building Inspection Technology coursework is cohort-based and starts each fall

    2021-22 BIT Program Color Brochure-FINAL.pdf

    BIT One-Year Certificate Spec Sheet.pdf

    BIT AAS 2-Year Degree Spec Sheet.pdf

    2022 Building Inspection Program Full Application.pdf

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